WHY are we fundraising?

We are like a family and to make our church work, we all need to be fully involved. We encourage all Church members to become partners in the vision and work of God’s Church in Walton-on-Thames by considering how much they give in time and talents as well as financially to the Church.

Help us to improve our provision for retired people, offer more for teenagers, grow our support networks for young families.

We want to be the centre of our community, shining God’s light in our town, seeking to reach all who might gain from our ministry.

PROVISION

As a church we endeavour to support you in your daily lives and on your frontlines. Together we seek to embrace and live out our vision. On Sundays and during the week, we gather as a community to worship, pray and give thanks.

ACCESSIBILITY

We want to continue the valuable ministry of the Churches in our community, offering baptisms, funerals and weddings, ministry to retired people, youth, children and people of all ages. As a Church we support many initiatives in the local community including the Foodbank.

HOW WE DO IT

As a Church, we are self-supporting depending on the donations of those who attend to pay for all of our running costs and for the work we do.  We do NOT receive any external funding from the Church of England or anywhere else.

FUNDRAISING & GIVING

We not only want to continue all that we already do, we have great vision for growth; your commitment & generosity make a difference to our churches and our community by allowing us to continue our work, enabling our vision of growing the church and reaching the community.

COSTS

It costs us £23,000 a month to run both St Mary’s and St John’s. Children & Youth work alone costs us £4,000 per month. Currently, we are running a deficit budget of £40,000 so we first need to cover our existing costs.

So where does the rest go?

Monthly costs;

£4,500 Property

£9,600 To the Diocese (Parish Share)

£3,500 Staffing (not C&Y)

£1,300 Outward Giving

 

This short film made by Diocese of Guildford explains in a clear and simple way exactly what the Parish Share is and what it gives us as a Parish.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all

your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

This is the first and greatest commandment.

And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”

Matthew 22:37-39